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Betty Tchomanga

Betty Tchomanga

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  • Live performance
  • Grand Carré et Parc du LaM
  • 45 min
  • UTOPIA - lille3000
  • Pass Latitudes


Mami Wata is a water goddess, a figure who emerges from the depths of the night, representing both power and sexuality. In Mascarades, Betty Tchomanga encounters her, embodies her and brings out of the deepest waters a series of faces. A rare, powerful work.

The myth of Mami Wata also exists in Bénin, Cameroon, the Congo, Brazil and in Cuba, the incarnation of the ambivalences of a complex colonial history. A figure of desire, and of monstruosity, an “other” who fascinates, whom we typically reject, Mami Wata comes to life in the movements of Betty Tchomanga, jumping. She jumps out of exultation, to resist, to keep going: through this repetitive vertical movement, figures appear, overflowing. Now other masks, other hybrids, other bodies leap forcefully out of the depths of the water.

Accessibility :
Free shuttle bus from Lille to the LaM


Born in 1989 from a Cameroonian father and a French mother, Betty Tchomanga started to dance at the age of 9 and then trained at the Bordeaux Conservatory and with Alain Gonotey of the Lullaby Company.

In 2007, she joined the Choreographic Artist Training of the National Center of Contemporary Dance of Angers (CNDC) under the direction of Emmanuelle Huynh.
 As a performer, she has worked with Emmanuelle Huynh (Cribles, Augures) and Alain Buffard (Tout va bien), Raphaëlle Delaunay (Bitter Sugar), Fanny de Chaillé (Passage à l’acte), Gaël Sesboüé (Grammes), Éléonore Didier (Moi, mes copines, à l’instant où ça s’arrête), Anne Collod (Le parlement des Invisibles), Herman Diephuis (Clan ; Mix), Nina Santès (Hymen Hymne). She also works a lot with Marlene Monteiro Freitas (D’ivoire et chair, les statues souffrent aussi ; Bacchantes, prélude pour une purge). She also works on performances for the plastic artist Alex Ceccetti and obtained a first role in Secteur IX B, a film by Mathieu K. Abonnenc presented at the Venice Biennale in 2015.

Betty Tchomanga is also an author: in 2012, she signed -A- ou il a surement peur de l’eau le poisson in collaboration with the musician Romain Mercier; then in 2013, she created an in situ show entitled Le Rivage in collaboration with Oriane Déchery and Jérôme Andrieu. In 2016, she joined the Association Lola Gatt Productions chorégraphiques established in Brest as associate choreographer with Gaël Sesboüé and Marie-Laure Caradec. The same year, she choreographed and directed Madame, a piece for three performers.


Conception and interpretation: Betty Tchomanga

Lighting design: Eduardo Abdala

Sound design: Stéphane Monteiro

Outside view: Emma Tricard and Dalila Khatir

Consultant for vocal work: Dalila Khatir

Sound engineers (alternating): Stéphane Monteiro, Arnaud de la Celle and Michel Assier Andrieu

Lighting control (alternating): Eduardo Abdala and Arthur Gueydan

Production and distribution management: Aoza – Marion Cachan

Acknowledgements: Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Gaël Sesboüé and Vincent Blouch

Production LOLA GATT

With the support of the Fonds de dotation du Quartz, scène nationale de Brest

Partners: CDCN Le Pacifique – Grenoble, L’Atelier de Paris / CDCN, La Gare – Fabrique des arts en mouvement – Le Relecq-Kerhuon, Festival La Bécquée – Un soir à l’ouest, Le Cabaret Vauban, Les Quinconces and L’Espal, Scène nationale du Mans

Sponsor: SARL SICC Saint-André-de-Cubzac

This project has received support for creation from the City of Brest and the Ministry of Culture – DRAC of Brittany.

The Lola Gatt Association is supported by the Brittany Region.


With the support of Onda – Office national de diffusion artistique

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